Breast Biopsy

During a breast biopsy, a small sample of cells is collected to determine whether they are cancerous or benign. You might require a biopsy if there is a physical lump you can feel on your breast or if there is mammographic evidence of a mass.

Having a biopsy does not mean you have cancer. In fact, only one in five biopsies are found to be cancerous.

There are two ways biopsies are typically done, with the most common being through the use of a local anesthetic and a needle. The area will be cleaned and numbed then, with the help of an ultrasound, mammogram or MRI, the radiologist will pinpoint the area in question. The needle will then be used to collect a small sample. You will recover very quickly from this procedure and be back to normal activity within 24 hours.

Depending on the location or type of mass, you may require a surgical biopsy. This will be done in the operating room and you will be given anesthesia. During this procedure, a portion of the mass will be removed to better help you doctor determine whether it is cancerous or benign.

After a biopsy, your samples will be sent to the lab where you will receive results after a few days.

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